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Auld Lang Syne

Searching on YouTube, we found many versions of Auld Lang Syne, the popular New Year's Eve song first published in 1711 by James Watson and "collected" and added to by Robert Burns. But none of them seemed quite right - we like to hear it sung by a crowd. Then we remembered It's a Wonderful Life.

In the 1940s Capra film, bank manager George Bailey was about to commit suicide because a large sum of money had gone missing and all he has sacrificed for family and friends is about to be lost. The run on the Building & Loan, which is part of the story, is reminiscent of events in 2008, but the small and solvent homeowners who rush to save their bank manager come from a different way of life.

With the help of a second-tier angel trying to win his wings, George Bailey discovered what his town would have been like if he had never existed, and the film ends with one of our favorite versions of Auld Lang Syne -

A very happy New Year to you and yours.

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